Go Back   Rangefinderforum.com > Cameras / Gear / Photography > Being a Photographer > Travel

Travel This is the place you ask for travel advice, or share your own tips. Topics include destinations, sight seeing, and best / smartest ways for traveling with a camera.

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes

Buying Film Cameras Singapore?
Old 10-08-2019   #1
Colin G.
Registered User
 
Colin G. is offline
Join Date: Dec 2009
Age: 36
Posts: 143
Buying Film Cameras Singapore?

Any advice on where to buy film cameras in Singapore? Particularly medium format cameras? Particularly good shops that may or may not come up online?

Will be heading there in a few days. Black Market Camera sounds like an entertaining experience (check their reviews). If I was a masochist that would be my first stop.

Thanks in advance.
__________________

  Reply With Quote

Old 10-08-2019   #2
craygc
Registered User
 
craygc is offline
Join Date: Sep 2003
Location: Melbourne, Victoria
Age: 59
Posts: 1,079
There are second hand shops in Peninsula Plaza on North Bridge Rd (City Hall MRT station) and across the road on the other side of Peninsula Plaza - Coleman St - in Peninsula Shopping Centre. However, I lived in Singapore for over 17 years (last there in 2017) and I have never bought a second hand camera in the country; the range is limited and the prices are well above international prices) but it's an interesting browse.
__________________
Craig Cooper
Australia
Photo Stream
  Reply With Quote

Old 10-09-2019   #3
shorelineae
Registered User
 
shorelineae is offline
Join Date: Jan 2019
Location: Dubai, UAE
Posts: 80
There is a good shop called Riceball. I bought a 35mm camera there last year. Talk to Jeff. They also have a very active Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/pg/RiceballPhotoBook/

Also, in the same shopping centre that they're located in, there are a couple of other shops with large collections. (I'm afraid I don't recall if I saw medium format cameras, or not).
  Reply With Quote

Old 10-09-2019   #4
Out to Lunch
Registered User
 
Out to Lunch's Avatar
 
Out to Lunch is offline
Join Date: Mar 2009
Posts: 5,799
I visited Singapore between 89 and 92, when it was a camera shopping paradise. Not so today. I had a look around a few months ago and the prices for new and second hand cameras were high.
  Reply With Quote

Old 10-09-2019   #5
ozmoose
Registered User
 
ozmoose is offline
Join Date: Feb 2008
Posts: 175
Prices in Singapore for cameras whether new or secondhand are no longer cheap. Don't go out with the expectation of finding the bargain of a lifetime.

My advice would be to know beforehand what camera you are looking for and buy only if you find one that suits you. Condition and cosmetics are everything!

This said, drop in at Camera Hospital, 91 Bencoolen Street (Sunshine Plaza) in the city-center. See the truly amazing double window full of old cameras - owner Steven Lee appears to have cornered the local market on Rollei TLRs among many other 'oldies' - and while I've never bought a camera from him, several friends have and they all recommend him very highly as a seller of top quality gear.

I've always found him to be a genial, pleasant and informative source of good advice on what ails your camera.

Steven is highly recommended by many Singaporeans for any camera repairs you may need. Fast and reliable service, and he will often do the work for you in 1-2 days or even on the spot (depending on what ails your beast) if you are short on time.

Check out Steven's web site, www.camerahospital.com.
  Reply With Quote

Old 10-09-2019   #6
glchua
Registered User
 
glchua is offline
Join Date: Dec 2004
Location: Singapore
Age: 48
Posts: 171
Iím a Singaporean. I had not bought a single film camera from the shops here. I buy my stuffs through the local forums and online marketplace.

However, the shops at Penisula are worth a visit, Riceball, Camera Hospital as mentioned and some others. However, I donít see any advantage for you to buy a used item in Singapore vs international online marketplace as you wouldnít enjoy any warranty or return policy.
__________________
My Flickr
  Reply With Quote

Old 10-09-2019   #7
Out to Lunch
Registered User
 
Out to Lunch's Avatar
 
Out to Lunch is offline
Join Date: Mar 2009
Posts: 5,799
Hi ozmoose, thanks for the link to www.camerahospital.com. It looks very interesting! I have some stuff I'd like to clean and repair and I'll contact the owner.
  Reply With Quote

Old 10-10-2019   #8
Colin G.
Registered User
 
Colin G. is offline
Join Date: Dec 2009
Age: 36
Posts: 143
Thanks for the info. I'm expecting that prices will be higher, like most things in Singapore, but if the cameras/lens are high quality, or recently serviced, I don't mind paying a little extra. I'm looking for a Minolta Autocord and/or a Pentax 105mm 2.4 for my 67. I'll be sure to check out Peninsula, Riceball and Camera Hospital.
__________________

  Reply With Quote

Old 10-10-2019   #9
yossi
Registered User
 
yossi is offline
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: Singapore
Posts: 96
Quote:
Originally Posted by craygc View Post
There are second hand shops in Peninsula Plaza on North Bridge Rd (City Hall MRT station) and across the road on the other side of Peninsula Plaza - Coleman St - in Peninsula Shopping Centre. However, I lived in Singapore for over 17 years (last there in 2017) and I have never bought a second hand camera in the country; the range is limited and the prices are well above international prices) but it's an interesting browse.
What craygc said is still true today. By the way, I am a Singaporean. A local.

Riceball - selling mostly new Voigtlander lenses, and used Leica stuff (on consignment) at high price.

Camera Hospital - you would not find high quality used MF stuff there. Steven is friendly but that's about it. His camera repair skill is just so-so.

There are a few other second hand camera shops opposite Peninsula Shopping Center. No good MF selection and prices are generally high (close to what you see at eBay.)
  Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

vB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off



All times are GMT -8. The time now is 00:18.


vBulletin skin developed by: eXtremepixels
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.6.8
Copyright ©2000 - 2020, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.

All content on this site is Copyright Protected and owned by its respective owner. You may link to content on this site but you may not reproduce any of it in whole or part without written consent from its owner.